by BK Munn
Winnipeg’s long-running comics convention, the Central Canada Comic Con (aka C4) will not be happening as scheduled this October for the first time in 24 years. According to a post on the event’s Facebook page, founder and organizer Michael Paille could not secure the usual venue and cites rising costs and lack of local support for the cancellation. Paille started organizing the con as the River City Collector’s Expo in the mid-1990s but says a lack of available dates at the RBC Convention Centre for his annual October event, as well as a surge in rental fees and other expenses, has put this kibosh on things for the time being. Is it to be continued, as they say in the comics?
Here’s the full post:

For the last 24 years my team and I have worked hard to bring you the best events, the best celebrities and the most fun we can. Our April Comic and Pop Culture Expo has passed in such a great success with so many new attractions, photo booths, music and all of the great people that came out to support it.
That is why it is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we have to announce that C4 will not be happening this year.
I would like to thank all of the attendees, volunteers, artists, and exhibitors that supported C4 for the past 24 years. Without you we would never have had such a great convention with so many great celebrities, artists and attractions. We made so many great memories and new friends. We all made this happen by working together and we have made so many people happy. So many young children’s dreams come true. I thank you all for a great 24 years.
As the CEO of Central Canada Comic Con as well as the executive committee we have looked at other options and other cities to move the convention to but with no success. We do hope that we can bring Central Canada Comic Con back to the RBC Convention Centre but as of 2019 there will be no Central Canada Comic Con this October.
It has been tough running it the last few years with rental fees and costs going up, as well as the lack of local support from businesses and the City of Winnipeg.
And now with the RBC Convention Center not having space on the dates we need. With all of these things put together it makes it impossible for us to organize a convention of C4’s size this October.
I would like to thank all the attendees, volunteers, exhibitors, artists and everyone else that made these past 12 years at the RBC Convention Centre happen.
The past 24 years I met many great new friends and wonderful people. I have had so many wonderful memories with my daughters at C4. One of the hardest things I’ve had to do in the past 20 years is to write this post. The next hardest thing will be telling my 11 year old and 14 year old that there will not be a C4 this year. As they look at C4 as the most important thing of the year for them.
For those of you that know me and those that don’t, I started organizing conventions in Winnipeg 24 years ago. I starting in small hotels, working up to the convention centre over the years. We all enjoyed C4, this was a passion of mine as I am also a collector, costumer and fan of all genres. My daughters have attended San Diego, New York, Toronto, Comic Cons and so many more and yet they love C4 the most. They always look forward to it. I love the fact that they have the same passion I do over the past 12 years. I don’t think without C4 I would have the great relationship I do with my daughters. Their passion for drawing, sketching, writing and collecting brings the most happiness to me.
I find conventions like ours in Winnipeg brings families together. I have seen people meet at C4 and then get married the following year. I have so many great friends and memories from the past 24 years like a lot of us do. The Comic-Con was a great place for all fans to get together and enjoy what we’re passionate about. It is a place that makes us feel that we belong. It is a community, it is a family. I have so many great memories that I could write a book from C4.
But I will leave it up to you, the fans, attendees and volunteers to share your memories with us. I hope you share some of your great memories with us. It breaks my heart to have to write this. Watching the convention grow to what it has become, and to look back at where I started, in an 800 square-foot hotel, and now using almost all of the RBC Convention Centre. To say goodbye without a final year feels like a book with no ending.
I thank you all for the great memories, great friendship, and all the great people I have met over the past years.
Michael Paille
CEO Central Canada Comic Con